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Is your canon powershot 540 not turning all of the sudden?

All of the sudden my canon powershot 540 was not turning on,one day it was working fine taking pictures then the next day it would not turn on we put all new batteries in it but it still did not work can you solve my problem?

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  • billraulie Jul 25, 2008

    camera working fine one moment and not turning on he next. put copper top batteries in still won't turn on.

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I had the same problem.I called Canon and thanks to their suggestion my camera now works.I was using the wrong type of batteries.The best ones to use are rec-chargeable or alkaline batteries specifically for digital devices.I bought the alkaline ones at Shoppers Drug Mart for $7 for two.Hope that works for you.

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